Charity Preview: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack

Washington, DC (September 2, 2011) – Barbara and Jeff Black of the Black Restaurant Group, have teamed up with the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex and Dr. Fran Cogen, MD of Children’s National Medical Center for the second consecutive year to help raise money for juvenile diabetes. The Blacks will launch their fall fundraising initiative by opening the doors to their highly anticipated new restaurant, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack, for a pre-opening bash on 1612 14th Street, NW.

Proceeds from the evening will help meet their fundraising goal of $200,000 to build a state-of-the-art kitchen at the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center to support children with diabetes.  The new facility is the vision of Dr. Fran Cogen, MD, named one of the “Best Doctors in America” and known for her dedication to advocating for the needs of patients and their families in managing diabetes.

Concept rendering of the new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack. This is a split level idea that will have the oyster bar and restaurant downstairs, and an upstairs bourbon bar with a bocce ball court.

Children’s National Medical Center in partnership with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is building the new Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex on the first floor of the hospital.  The new complex will provide expanded state-of-the-art, family-centered, and personalized diabetes care to children in the Washington Region and beyond.

Advanced tickets are on sale now for $30 per person with additional tickets available on September 10th at the door for $40 per person. Ticket price includes complimentary food at the pre-opening party and cash bar. The event is on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 6 PM to 1:30 AM.  Additional details and a link to purchase tickets can be found online at:

Chefs Jeff and Barbara Black are in the process of raising $200,000 to build a fully equipped teaching kitchen inside the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex as part of the simulation labs because they believe that nutritional education and management is a cornerstone of diabetes care.

The kitchen will be a new edition to the Black Restaurant Group, this time serving the needs of children and families with diabetes by providing a realistic stage for food education and healthy cooking.  So far, they have already raised half their goal, so community support is crucial to raise the additional amount of $100,000 in 2011.

Also, throughout the month of September, each of the Black Restaurant Group restaurants will pour this wine for $12 a glass, and profit proceeds will be donated to the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.

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